The dream team still reigns supreme.
This week, the Herald Sun broke the story that Melbourne has won five championships without the name “Dream Team”.
It is the story of how the city’s sports teams have been forced to adopt a new moniker for the last two decades.
It is the case of the Tigers, who went to the 2010 Olympic Games in Sydney, and then had a long drought before winning three successive titles in 2013 and 2014.
The Melbourne City Council has since introduced a new crest, and the Tigers are the only AFL team without its iconic “Dream” in their name.
The Herald Sun spoke to more than 20 former and current members of the team, who all have their own unique stories of success, failure and the inevitable disappointment.
“It’s been a long, long time coming, the whole time,” says ex-Tigers coach Mark Braidwood.
They got rid of it. “
I think we came very close, but then we lost two games to Melbourne, and it wasn’t quite right, so we ended up going the way of the Giants, the Dockers, the Swans.
They got rid of it.
I’ve been here almost 20 years, and I think it’s the first time I’ve really thought about how it’s all gone down, because it’s been such a long time.”
The story of the “Dream team” The Tigers have gone from being an elite side, with players like Jarryd Roughead and Luke McDonald competing for premiership glory, to a fringe side who finished third in the AFL this year.
Their record in the National Rugby League is also impressive, with four wins and four losses, with their worst win being a 10-point loss to the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in 2018.
In the AFL, the “dream team” has also been an enduring part of the sport, with the Tigers having been part of four premierships, winning three and losing one.
While the “real” Tigers, the ones who have won premierseries and played in the finals, are now retired, the players still wear the name on their backs, with all of the other clubs being “dream teams” or “dream squads” or something close to it.
The club has not changed the name since the 1990s, when the Dragons and Western Bulldogs had their names.
That name stuck with the fans, however, because the Tigers were the “official” teams of the Melbourne Cricket Club, and so it was a symbol of a club that had won the grand final in 1987 and 1992.
Braidwood remembers how his first team team wore “the dream team” when he first got into the game, back in 1995.
He says he was very proud of them, but not particularly happy with the name change.
After that season, the name changed to the “Fitzroy Tigers”, which he says was because Fitzroy’s owner had a lot of money to spend on naming rights, which he used to buy the AFL team from the Tigers.
But in 2006, the Fitzroy Tigers lost their premiership, and lost the AFL’s highest ever total of premiers.
And then they started to lose more and more.
So the FitzRoy Tigers were forced to go with a new name, which became the Fitz Roy Tigers.
Braid, now an AFL player, says he is happy with that.
Even when the club lost to Richmond in 2015, the old name stuck, but the new name was the Fitz.
One of the players on the Fitz team, Shaun Grigg, says the name was “too strong” and didn’t suit the new generation of players.
His son, Luke, says it was too similar to the current Tigers team, and he is now a member of the Fitz club.
Another player on the team says the change was inevitable.
Rughead, who played on the club’s senior side, says changing the name to Fitz was the right move for the team.
Griggs says he still wears the name proudly.
You don’t really have to say goodbye to the Fitz and Grigg to have some respect for them.
Former Tigers skipper Matthew Kreuzer says the team’s history has helped shape the name.
“You go back to the early days of the game when we were a young club, the first year we went to Melbourne in 1991, I remember the name Fitzroy, and we were the Fitzsons, and there were no Fitzsors, because we were called Fitzroy,” Kreuzers said.
Now, Kreuers says, the team is more than just the Fitz, they are “Fitchers”.
“When we were young, we would always get calls about Fitz, but we